Sandra Bland’s death is the latest deadly confrontation between African-Americans and police, and questions about the circumstances of her arrest persisted Wednesday even with release of the new video.

The footage shows trooper Brian Encinia trying to drag Bland, 28, from her car after she initially refused to get out. Encinia draws his stun gun and notifies her that she is refusing to obey the orders of a police officer.

In the video, Encinia initially asks Bland to put out her cigarette. “Would you mind putting out your cigarette, please?” Encinia said.

“I’m in my car, why do I have to put out my cigarette?” Bland answered.

“Well, you can step on out now,” Encinia responds.

Bland refuses, saying she did not have to step out of the car. Encinia opened the driver’s door and attempted to physically remove Bland from the vehicle.

“I’m going to yank you out of here,” Encinia said as the two struggled. “I’m going to drag you out of here.”

“Don’t touch me, I’m not under arrest,” Bland said.

“I will light you up!” Encinia said, while pointing a stun gun at Bland.

Much of the subsequent confrontation occurs outside the view of the dash-cam, but the audio captures what sounds like a struggle. Bland is heard saying that the officer “just slammed my head to the ground.”

Later, when a female officer arrives at the scene, Encinia says Bland “started yanking away, then kicked me, so I took her straight to the ground.” In his affidavit, Encinia says he had pain in his right leg and suffered small cuts to his right hand.

– Tribune News Service

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